Appalachian Trail: Elk Garden to Mount Rogers is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trout Dale, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.
Hike along the Appalachian Trail leading to the summit of Mount Rogers, Virginia's highest peak (5,729 feet). This hike provides an incredibly scenic overview of the Appalachians' most intriguing ecosystems, including long-range vistas from open "balds" and dark spruce-fir forests nearest the summit. This guide also discusses some of the fascinating natural history of these habitats, which is almost as dramatic as the scenery itself.